The frequencies of the local FM radio channels will be streamlined from today, November 01.
This step was initiated under the guidance of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to better the audibility for the listeners, the Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Anusha Pelpita said.
Under the new method, the FM radio channels can broadcast their programmes throughout the island on the same frequencies. This method is expected to minimize the jam in frequencies and barriers in communication.
Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has granted approval for 45 FM radio channels.
The radio channels that presently use five frequencies will be reduced to the use of two frequencies. Most of the channels will have only one frequency to broadcast island wide.
Currently, 45 radio channels operate between 87 to 107 MHz. Radio channels are given several frequencies for broadcasting in various areas in the island. Listeners in some areas have complained to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission regarding the problems in listening to radio due to overlapping of channels.